Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic Care
Q: Is Chiropractic safe?
A: Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of one million to one.
Q: What can I expect on my first visit?
A: The first thing a chiropractor will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. The DC will also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem.
A physical examination will be performed in accordance with your DC's clinical judgement, which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to the doctor of chiropractic in evaluating your problem.
Q: What conditions benefit from chiropractic?
A: The most common conditions treated by a chiropractor are low back, mid back, and neck pain. Recent studies have shown that headaches, extremity (shoulder, wrist, knee, etc…) pain, and infantile colic can benefit from chiropractic care.
Q: Does my insurance cover chiropractic?
A: Many insurance companies cover chiropractic care, but because each insurance plan is different, we recommend calling your insurance company to verify your benefits. Be sure to ask about if you will be responsible for copayments, coinsurance, and/or a deductible. If you are unable to get all of your insurance questions answered our staff will be happy to assist you in obtaining insurance information.
Q: What kind of education and training do chiropractors have?
A: Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Q: How often will I have to come?
A: Every patient is different and therefore every treatment plan is unique, but rarely is anyone recommended to come more than two times in one week. Our main goal is to get you better in as few visits as possible. As you begin to feel better your treatment frequency will decrease, and if your symptoms are gone after one visit, great!
Q: Will I have to have X-Rays?
A: We do not take X-Rays at McCulloch Chiropractic, but if you have them please bring them. After your initial examination your doctor will determine whether or not x-rays are warranted. If x-rays are needed you will be referred to a local radiology department.
Q: Do you work with other health care professionals?
A: Absolutely. We are known for our willingness to communicate with and refer to other health care professionals in order to make your recovery go as smooth as possible.
Q: Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
A: Adjusting a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joint that makes a popping sound, it’s exactly the same as when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released.